95 Years of Country Music
The special event is called “Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music,” and it will offer a combination of taped performances, archival footage and interviews with Opry legends, per KTLO. It airs on Feb. 14 from 9 to 11 p.m. ET on NBC.
Other artists performing in the show include Little Big Town, Old Crow Medicine Show, Darius Rucker, Trisha Yearwood, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Lady A, Dierks Bentley and Marty Stuart.
The Grand Ole Opry dates back to 1925. Its current theatre seats 4,400. In pre-pandemic times, it drew hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the globe every year.
During the pandemic, the Grand Ole Opry cut back on live shows. But since last October, audiences have been allowed for Friday and Saturday night shows.
Dolly Parton Returns to the Grand Ole Opry
More than 200 musicians have become members of the Grand Ole Opry over the course of its history. Parton is among them, and she marked her 50th anniversary as an Opry member in 2019.
To celebrate, the Grand Ole Opry held two sold-out shows to honor Parton. Performers included Dierks Bentley, Emmylou Harris, Chris Janson, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Margo Price and Hank Williams Jr.
“A lot of people think this is my 50th year at the Grand Ole Opry. It’s actually been 60, because the first time I got to sing on the Opry, I was 13 years old,” Parton explained at the time, per Variety. “But then the night that I became a member after I was working with ‘The Porter Wagoner Show’ — and got to actually be a member 50 years ago this year — was one of the highlights of my whole life because it was a true dream of mine.”
“You never know what’s going to happen to you in your life,” Parton added. “You never know if your dreams are going to come true, and if they do, you wonder how people will remember you when you’re older. I’m older, and I’m seeing how people are remembering me and that makes me feel very humble.”
The Grand Ole Opry was there for Parton’s rise to stardom. Now “Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music” will bring Parton back to the Opry to celebrate its anniversary.